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might happen on that. >> well, i think the continuing resolution is basically a stopgap measure. it's not a real bill that funds -- it's not an appropriations bill that funds the government. it's a way of basically avoiding government shutdown and i think the reason mr. rogers doesn't want to have a discussion on how to avoid the sequester is because, again, it's very close to a government shutdown because people can't agree on a way to do it. one thing we didn't discuss i think that's actually important for people to understand is that the sequester actually would affect a continuing resolution because the sequester would cut overall government spending by, you know, $1.2 trillion over the next nine years and this year would be $85 billion. so i think hall rogers, the way he would present it would be he would write -- the government would be funded the same level it was funded last year but a sequester takes effect, it's going to cut off the amount of
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-- >> the amount of money the appropriators have to work with, andy taylor, are they a part of this process? >> well, it's unclear how all this will work and part of it is, as roxannea and i were discussing before we talked to the chairman, sometimes if you talk to some of the people, the newer, more ardent conservatives, they take a view that roxana has, i think chairman rogers, who has been around for more than 30 years and is kind of an old-fashioned type, as we all can see, i think takes a view that they would fund the government at the level agreed to with the senate and president obama. the sequester would be in effect, but they're going to try to get rid of the sequester though the tea party types want the lower figure locked in and that's important for not only what's going on right now but for what is going on in the
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future when he turns to writing these bills. and there's the potential for the same kind of gridlock on these 12 bills, which are -- they don't get a lot of headlines around the country but it's where a lot of the real sort of nuts and bolts work happens and where the incremental changes in our government are made. >> down in the engine room as we heard the chairman explain. andy taylor, roxana torin. thanks for being a part of " newsmakers." >> thank you. happy to do it. >> on the next "washington journal, historian and author douglas brinkley talks about the second terms of u.s. presidents and windy ginsburg from the u.s. research office discusses the perks and benefits of the former presidents of the united states including pensions, offices and libraries. "washington journal" live at
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7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. next, a rally for climate change from earlier today on the national mall. speakers included rhode island senator sheldon witehouse, van jones and ago tris rosario dawson. the rally was organized by self groups including the sierra club, 350.org and the hip-hop caucus. this is about an hour and a half. ♪ snoor somebody make some noise! [cheers and applause] >> come on. come on. you can do better than that. this is like calcutta. we have to get warm. give it up right now. y'all are ready. y'all are ready.
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if you say no, make some noise! [cheers and applause] >> let's do it, wherever you are, give us some music! come on! >> oh, yeah, let's go! come on. if i say no, you say no. no. no. pipeline. here we go. here we go. p let's go! no! >> no.
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>> no. >> keystone pipeline. >> come on! >> no. >> keystone pipeline. >> no. >> keystone pipeline. >> oh, yes! >> no. >> keystone pipeline. >> make some noise. ♪ >> thank you, thank you, thank you. whoo! a little warmer. a little warmer. so we see where we are right now. there's at least 30,000 of you all right now.
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let me say this. let me get started. 50 years ago, right here, not too far from the memorial, dr. king marched 50 years ago on august 28, 1963. and he marched for jobs and freedom. and they marched for equality. and they march sod we could come together as black and white and brown and yellow and red and male and female and straight and gay, so we could all come together as humanity. [cheers and applause] >> but guess what? this rally 50 years later is as
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important or more important as that rally then because while they were fighting for equality , we are fighting for existence. [cheers and applause] >> so that in 2063, 50 years from now, they will look back at this rally and they will see you up front or you in the back or you over here, and if we succeed in saying this pipeline can't go, this pipeline does not exist, they will look back then and say thank you. [cheers and applause] so we've come too far to turn around. they say hip-hop can't stop.
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won't stop. so we're going to have some fun today because half the battle was showing up. now, one minute before i bring out my good friend bill mackinnon, this is real, real important. i know this is via live stream, i know there are folks in certain corporations who are watching it right now. very afraid of you. because we know that organized money can't be organized people. so when i bring him out, you've got to make some noise. you with that? mr. mackinnon? ready? ok. give it up for the founder of
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350.org, the one, the only bill mackinnon! [cheers and applause] ♪ >> what a sight you are! all that i ever wanted to see, all that i ever wanted to see was a movement of people to stop climate change, and now i've seen it. [cheers and applause] >> you guys look so beautiful. i've been meeting people all day, it's hometown heroes like our friends at c-can and those people who have been blocking
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keystone with their bodies down in texas. it's people who under the fight against fraking and against taking the tops of off mountains is ultimately the fight for a living planet. it's people who lived through sandy and people who survived the droughts and some of them i got to go to jail with last week. [cheers and applause] >> it is the students at 256 colleges who are now fighting the fossil fuel industry head on through first divestment to speak to human unions in
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decades. it's all of you, all the bodies kicking in as the planet tries to kick in as the planet tries to fight its fever. p we have waited a long time to get started. we've already seen the arctic melt. our colleagues in 191 countries at 350.org tell us every day about some new drought, some new flood because we've waited this long, the easiest answers are no longer enough. we're going to have to start making tough decisions. our theme has to be, when you are in a hole, stop digging. [cheers and applause] >> above all, above all, stop the keystone pipeline! [cheers and applause] >> the president can do that with a single stroke of his
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pen, and if he does, he will become the first world leader to veto a big project because it's bad for the climate. [cheers and applause] >> that would be a legacy and a signal to the rest of the world, and so we will keep making our case. we'll follow him and the secretary of the state around the country and as the spring goes on, we'll ignite the fight with a focus and all the other holes we're still digs, too. and as summer comes on, this movement will just pick up. i want everybody to circle those days towards the end of july that are on average the hottest each year. we're going to try and make them hot politically, too, this year. [cheers and applause] >> maybe set aside a few dollars each week for a bail
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fund, ok. [cheers and applause] >> so far we've been firm but peaceful, diverse, but united we have to stay that way because the job that we have undertaken is the most important one that any humans have ever been entrusted with. it is our job to make sure the planet does not catastrophically overheat. [cheers and applause] >> the oil companies aren't going to do that. their business plan is to wreck the earth. the government isn't going to do that. they're too busy taking money from all companies. but history shows that though we're never going to outspend the fossil fuel industry, we can find other currencies to work with, cash and spirit, creativity. [cheers and applause] the
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powerful, powerful love for the future that brought you here today, we can see in our mind's eye all the generations to come, and so we know why we fight. we can see the beauty of the world we've been given, the cold of a winter day, the color on an autumn hillside, so we know why we fight, we know our brothers and our sisters in the poorest parts of the world are already suffering, so we know why we fight. i cannot promise you we're going to win, but i waited a 1/4 century since i wrote the first book about all this stuff to see if we were going to fight. and today at the biggest climate rally by far, by far, by far in u.s. history -- [cheers and applause] >> today i know we're going to fight the battle, the most
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fateful battle in human history is finally joined and we will fight it together. >> come on. comen. come on. ok. so a little bit of housekeeping. a little bit of housekeeping. first thing is that the whole world is watching. but we've got cameras in here blocking the whole world right here. so we need -- so around that, you hold your signs up, about chest high, you'll be good to go. secondly, we know people from big oil have come out and joined our rally. and so because we're here -- we're a loving bunch. everybody right now hug your neighbor and say welcome to the rally. hug your neighbor. hug your neighbor. all right.
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all right. oh, that's beautiful. oh, that's beautiful. that is -- you all are getting too huggy, you all are getting a little too huggy. just a little hug. yo, next up, coming up here is a dear friend of mine. he is the trustee at nrdc and he is president of rebuild a dream. give it up for my friend frank jones! [cheers and applause] ♪ >> all right, all right, all right. give it up for my deejay.
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oh, my goodness. i wish you guys could see what you look like. you all look beautiful! [cheers and applause] >> well, this is it. this is the last minute in the last quarter of the biggest, most important game humanity has ever played. this is it. one thing i know hasn't worked in this town, the simple maxim, if you don't fight for what you want, you deserve what you get. if you don't fight for what you want, you deserve what you get. i have the honor of working for this president, and i want to direct my message to him. president obama, all the good
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that you have done, all the good you can imagine doing will be wiped out, wiped out by floods, by fires, by superstorms if you fail to act now to deal with this crisis that is a gun, a gunpointed at the head of the future. everything you have done, history will judge you 20 years from now based on one decision alone. that decision is not in the hands of the congress, that decision is not in the hands of any governors. that decision is not in the hand of any mayors or any dog catchers, the decision is in your hands, mr. president. this is your hands. your hands. [cheers and applause] the
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decision to let this pipeline come through america is the most fateful discussion you'll ever make, mr. president. it would be like jabbing a dirty needle into this country from canada. it would be like lighting a fuse on a carbon bomb. that's what it would be like doing, mr. president. and you cannot allow that to happen. if the pipeline goes through, mr. president, the first thing it runs over will not be farmland. the first thing it runs over will not be small towns. if you let this pipeline go through, mr. president, the first thing it runs over is the credibility of the president of the united states of america. that's the first thing it runs over. that's the first thing it runs over. [cheers and applause] >> i want to say unequivocally
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to this next generation, top stop being chumps. i'm going to say it again. to the next generation, stop being chumps. you elected this president. you re-elected this president. you gave him the chance to make history. he needs to give you the chance to have a future. stop being chumps. stop being chumps. and fight for your future. thank you very much. [cheers and applause] >> and in case you're wondering
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why everybody in the front row is smiling, it has nothing to do with my speech, give it up for rosario dawson, in the house! >> i just want to say thank you so much, all of you being here. the only reason why the president's address has this issue front and center is because of you. keep up the strong, good work. we got a delay on this pipeline. let's make sure we get a no. don't let them change the conversation and call it oil sands. this is tar sands we're talking about. this is our future we're talking about. tracking -- fracking is not a bridge fuel. a bridge to where? nowhere. talking about it potentially could be a hundred years and tar sands can equal a thousand years of energy. but what is going to happen to our innovation and what is happening to the jobs being created in wind and solar and
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waves and algae technology? what's going to happen to the electric car. no. we need to say yes to science and technology, yes to our health and our future. yes to local economies being able to sustain and say yes, we have clean water, we have vegetables, we have meat that is not -- animals that are not dying and fish not rising to the top of the lakes because of ground water coming up with methane and all the chemicals, most of which we don't even have disclosed to us to know. no gag orders on us to tell us. this is what we need. we need transparency. we need real information. we don't need the same advertising companies who told us it was ok to smoke and hospitals telling us that fracking is safe. no. we didn't believe you then. we don't believe you now. no fracking, no tar sands, yes on innovative technology for our future. we're not inheriting trillions of dollars of debt and water we
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can't drink. food we can't eat. no. so thank you so much for making this issue front and center, making sure that he understands and all the other leaders in our audience knows they have the constituents behind them to support them to do the right thing. you are a whole legacy building. thank you for doing that with us. >> now i'm good. i got a hug. i'm good now. i'm all right. so we've got to do a couple of things because there's just too many of you right now and you're growing and growing. see, they thought it could be the wind, but we like wind. we like solar. >> yeah! >> we like things above the ground, not beneath the ground.
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so let's do this. so two things. one, those of you who are climbing on the speaker towers, we can't do that because we don't want the speaker to fall over or anything like that so we need you not to do that. and then those of you who are on your right, my left, over here, you're like thousands over here and, like, just move over here. so first of all, give it up for this lady doing sign language. give it up for her right now. so we need you as we go through to kind of shift. so let's try that a little bit. right on the count of three you're going to say shift so you're going to kind of move to your left. you got that? that's pretty easy. not to your right but move to your left. there you go. so there you go. that is shifting. there they go. look at them.
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like a sea. shifting. there they go. that's awesome. just keep shifting. wow. they are shifting. my goodness. now, as we get ready for our next -- that's my group. hold on, hold on, hold on. i'll lead you in. that's my crew. so they say power shift. and we're going to do that on the count of three, make some noise. one, two, three, power shift, power shift. one, two, three, power shift, power shift, power shift. power shift. oh, yes. [crowd chanting "power shift"] >> oh, that's all right. ok, ok, ok. so next up, coming up now, we
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have -- let me say this to the movement. the reason why you say this -- we want the movement exploding. for years the movement has been signed of silo'd. we need to be segregated so we can have groups here and there, but at this time, it's gotten too big so we've broken down our silos and all come together under one big tent. [cheers and applause] >> so with that, the past chief, jacqueline thomas, from the first nation in british columbia, canada. give it up. she helped initiate the formation of an alliance with six member nations and the leaders of the same, which have
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been over 135 first nations. they are beautiful, too. they are awesomely beautiful. they want you to lead the fight against the proposed northern gateway tar sand pipeline and will actually say this when they come up here because both cowboys and ranchers and indian. i probably would never say this again but they asked me to say this. they said to say c.i.a. , cowboys, indian, alliance. we're going to say what they want me to say. ♪ >> on beat. on beat. get ready. here we go. c.i.a. c.i.a. [crowd chanting "c.i.a."]
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>> make some noise! ♪ >> howdy, washington! [cheers and applause] >> i bring greetings from the first nation communities of northern british columbia, canada. firstly, as my first nation protocol of respect, i must thank chief tiak of the piskatowe indian nation for allowing us to do business on their traditional territories
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and for their warm letter of welcome. i am jackie thomas from saikuz first nation. i've been a government chief for many years but more importantly, i'm a member of the fro clan. it's my responsibility as a fro clan member to take care of the water. each of our clans have their own responsibilities and we all work in unison to restore this great land that we live on. this traditional governance system that i'm a part of has been and has survived generations and generations of attacks to assimilate us, but my traditional governance system is alive and well and will continue to be alive and well into the future. [cheers and applause]
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>> i am a mother of four and a grandmother of one and i was raised by my own grandmother. she was she was known as dr. sophie thomas. her words are still with me today. what she told us is when we take care of the land, the land takes care of us. if we destroy this land, we will destroy ourselves. and speaking on behalf of the indian alliance from northern british columbia. this translates into -- people of the earth.
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i am part of people from the northern regions of the northwest territories down to my cousins in the navajo of arizona. we formed an alliance to stop the northern gateway project which plans to bring oil from the tar sands which will be put on tankers to go to the asian markets. the alliance is opposed to it irresponsible environmentally damaging projects that puts our communities, our water, our culture, our land, our fish, our animals, and most importantly our plants that risk. it puts at risk my neighbors to the east of me who live in the tar sands. the government does not recognize these people, and these people have been dying of
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mysterious cancers. their water is polluted. they're animals are sick. mother earth is sick. our alliance has used our own laws to protect our land, and for centuries we have done this. we created the save the frazier declaration which we are proud of across the great land of canada. we have promoted this on the freedom train in 2012 to go to toronto. currently, we have over 130 pipers nations in canada signed up. -- 135 first nations. we will be signing international documents with other nations of the indigenous world in the future. [applause] we are endorsed by many municipalities in canada.
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most recently, the city of vancouver's mayor assigned and made a proclamation that december 13th, 2012, was saved the fraser declaration date for the city of vancouver. this was very brave because my government, the canadian government, has been calling me an environmental extremist, a radical, and an enemy of canada. all i want and my people want is to protect this land, the water, and all that is sacred. [applause] this water we're talking about has no color. this water we're talking about is not just water for my own people.
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it is water for my neighbor ranchers, my neighbor farmers that live next door to me. it is a human issue and that impact everyone. we are all connected. [applause] the alliance has brought our communities together in canada because we have had oil spills. if you have had on oil spills in this country. oil will spill. it's just a matter of when. it spilled in kalamazoo, which i hear cannot be cleaned up. they spilled in alberta, in the territories of the cree, in the northwest territories and the brothers and sisters that i know
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of from the northwest territories. who can forget exxon valdez? in most recent memory, we had the bp spill on the news day after day, month after month. they hurt the brothers and sisters of the nation that my sister has visited. never in my life have i ever seen whites and natives work together until now. [applause] thank you for doing this work for me. in canada, the first nations are always expected to be the sacrificial lambs for our
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government in terms of the economy. like a the economy is a human being, like the economy is more important than our land and water. water is a non renewable resource. we cannot take it for granted. the alliance has never signed a treaty. we have never gone to war. we have never ceded our territories and we never will. [applause] under the united nations declaration on the rights of indigenous people, the alliance has not given our free, prior, and informed consent to this project.
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in canada, there is a judicial review process going on. while it is under way, the government has made public statements to the effect that this project will go through. over the last year, my country has made changes to environmental laws to ease the burden on industry to discriminantly go forward with these projects. specifically, we have we billc 38 and c 45 that have been passed over the last nine months in ottawa. there was no discussion. they did not asked our permission to do this. they just did. the time has come in our idle no more movement also. [applause]
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we want to let the general public know that we cannot keep taking out of greed. should only take out of need. hurry up? ok. i want to share with you my thoughts and the thoughts of first nation canadians on obama's victory down here. we celebrated because we prayed also that this country would be led by a person of color. [applause] it gives us hope that there is change that will come. my prayers are that in my own country, they will start to wake up and take care of our people
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as i have faith you're president will take care of you. your president will not put industry interest above human interest. i am here to ask you and ask the world to help us. the canadian government has made it clear they will not. we need your help to stand with us. we need your prayers. i need someone to stand with me as the bulldozers come. i'm laying down my life. [applause] i need you to hear us. i do not approve keystone. i need to hear you support us and stop this. we cannot sacrifice our children's future. we cannot do alone.
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i am asking help from the water keeper's alliance, the conference of native american indians. i feel like there's the support of many for the first time in my life. [applause] we can believe we can stand before big oil and unsustainable development. i want to thank you for sharing and listening to my words and assisting me in this time of historical importance, not just for my people but for yours. [applause] >> come on, you guys. come on. come on. make some noise! i was warm back there.
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as we get ready for the next piece, we want to keep this going because i want to make sure you are -- there's still too many on the right. i need you to shift to the left. hold on, hold on. if you're way in the back, put your hands up. way in the back near the monument. the whole back row, wave to them back in the back. now, what i need you to do, a little bit of a work out. you ready? as you shift again, shift and jump. can you do that? shift and jump
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come on now. ♪ [gangnam style"] power shift, power shift, power shift, power shift, power shift, power shift. power shift, power shift, power shift. >> if did not warm up and then, that was your opportunity. here we go. looking at the multi-tier
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approach, inside and outside, in the suites and in the streets. coming up now is someone who is doing it in the suites. they're doing it on the inside. give it up to the fine senator from rhode island. give it up. give it up for senator sheldon whitehouse. make some noise. [applause] >> thank you. thank you. welcome. welcome to our nation's capital. welcome to our peoples mall. there is a lot of history here of americans coming to this place to make their voices heard.
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so thank you for coming and adjoining that history of american voices. your voices can make a difference. your voice is a need to make a difference. because congress is sleepwalking through this crisis and it's time to wake up. [applause] help wake us up. add your voice as a citizen of the climate change taskforce with me and congressman waxman of california. sign up at wakeuptoclimatechange.com and make your voice is heard. you know, the polluters do not
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want you here. they do not want you here. they do not want your voices heard. have the lobbyists. they have the super pac's. they made the campaignthey have this town in their contributions. pockets. they have the situation under control. and then you show up. and then that we show up. and we change the game. [applause] you brought your voices. are you going to be heard? [applause] you know we need to hear you. are you going to be heard? [applause] they say that climate change is a hoax.
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are you going to be heard about that? and they say that the science isn't clear and we should wait some more. are you going to be heard about that? we are going to be heard. we are going to make this right. it is not just us. there is a man over there in the white house who has found his voice on climate change. we are going have his back. he has said it to fail to act is to betray future generations. are we going to betray future generations? we're going to help barack obama win this fight and make this right.
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it's not just for us. look down the hallways of history. they are watching. they know this is our time. they know this is our choice. they know this is our moment. they know that we were made for this moment. to our children, their children, their children, are we going to say we failed? no chance. no chance. we're going to have the president's back. we're going to look down the hallways of history with those children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and we're going to say to them -- yes, we did. [applause] we're going to say to them, this
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was our time and these were all voices. this was our choice. by god, yes, we did. [applause] yes, we can. yes, we can. yes, we can. yes, we can. yes, we can. yes, we can. >> ladies and gentleman, it has been said one ought not to be obstinate unless one ought to be. and then, one ought to be unshakable. my friends, let us be unshakable. [applause]
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>> one more time, make some noise. [applause] before a bring on our next speaker, i want to just take five seconds and say this. the reality of our movement is this. if we fail, the consequences are dire. they have already been dire. you see, i'm from louisiana. my family and friends went through katrina. and for those in new york, you have just gone through sandy. people put your fists in the air all over. fists all the way around. put your fist in the air for
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those babies with asthma, the grandma's dealing with cancer, for all those who have dealt with cancer, bad water, bad air. put your fist in the air for humanity. we say -- can't stop. >> won't stop. >> can't stop. >> won't stop. >> can't stop. >> won't stop. >> now make some noise! [applause] senior adviser from hillary clinton's 2008 campaign. she's on cnn. give it up for maria cardona. [applause] ♪>> gracias.
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buenos tardes. i'm so happy to be here with all of you at this historic event. this is a way to stand up for climate change. thank you to 350.org, nrdc, and the sierra club, and all of you making this powerful rally possible. [applause] for our children, our future, we must do more for climate change. just a few short years ago, the environmental issues did not really register with latinos as a constant concern. times have changed and that has changed. that has changed, sadly, because
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we have seen the detrimental effect of toxins in our air and water and what it does to our families and their children. unfortunately, latino communities, families, and all the communities in this country are suffering from this. they may not disproportionately live in communities where their air and water have been poisoned, our children have as much. -- asthmawe live. . we breathe, we play in these places that have been poisoned by these toxins. to the president's statement, we do not have to choose between our environment and our economy. that really hit home for latinos and for all of us. carbon pollutions from the dirty power plants and saying no to the keystone and tar sands pipeline. [applause]
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president obama's legacy, his response, his resolve in responding to the climate crisis. the zero oil industry claims that the keystone pipeline is for our energy security. we know that this pipeline is the industry new access to foreign markets and the ability to sell their tar sands from more money. it is win-win for them. what about us? what about ensuring we have what we need to make sure our families have economic security and health security? it's a lot for all of us when it comes to clean air and clean water in our climate. we also keep hearing about these job killing regulations. for millions of americans, especially minority and low-income communities, clean air protections are lifesaving
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regulations. this is another big reason why environmental issues are registering on the mind of some and a latino families today. we and unequivocal support lowering the pollution from power plants. we need new regulations and it will help the health of our family now and into the future. the president's plan to create more clean energy jobs, responsible energy development, it is literally what the doctor ordered for all of us. let's make sure that we help this president on his commitment and plans when we marched to the white house today. on climate change, amigos, i have no doubt that with your commitment, your energy, your heart and soul -- si!
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si, se puede. si, se puede. >> one more time, i need your help. for those on the speaker stands -- get off. say it. for those on the speaker stands -- get off. those of the speaker stands -- get off. please. please. nice rally. [laughter] right now, we're going to have our little celebrity. it's not only about the media. from the streets to the suites, but those who join us and have a great platform.
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give it up for nolan from "modern family." ♪give it up. and fighting in the streets, 2011 prize winner. keep pushing. on cue, just jump. let's jump. oh, yeah. come on.
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say no keystone pipeline. say no keystone pipeline. say no keystone pipeline. say no! you are awesome. thank you so much. >> on behalf of canada, i apologize. i'm ashamed of what my country is doing. i'm ashamed we're knocking on your door for oil. i want to stand up here as a canadian and say i'm sorry to the workers in canada and the workers in america have to go home and look their kids in the eye and know they are damaging their future. i want to say yes to jobs that
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allow americans and canadians to go home and look to their kids in the eye and say, i'm fighting for you. i'm working for you. >> thank you so much. thank you, thank you. moving along. these are for the people fighting in the trenches out there. keep fighting. keep hope alive. we are behind you, barack obama. >> let's keep going. next up, give it up. tom snyder. [applause] >> hi. i'm not the first person expect to be here today. i'm not a college professor. i do not run an environmental organization.
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for the last 30 years i have been a professional investor i've been looking at billion-dollar investments for decadesand i'm here to tell you one thing. the keystone pipeline is not a good investment. let me say this. i get the argument for the keystone pipeline. the argument for the pipeline is -- business as usual. we use fossil fuels. we continue to use them. we need to transport them. but the time for business as usual has passed. we cannot afford 40 more years of dirty energy. we cannot afford the drought's and the disasters. mars -- most of all, we cannot afford not to build a cheaper,
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cleaner, more secure energy system. look, investment is about analysis and timing. we are always asking the question -- why is today different from the other day before this? it is different because it is time now for the first time to look comprehensively. we have to consider all the costs and ask ourselves if this pipeline helps us or helps a few narrow interests? look, we're americans. we have never been scared to look at the facts. we have never run away when things are hard. someday we will be too scared to face the facts. someday we will not answer the bell when it rings for us. but not today.
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today we absolutely have to stand up and face the truth. today we have to dare to say no to the keystone pipeline. but today we have to decide to invent a cleaner, safer, cheaper energy future together. thank you very much. [cheers and applause] >> make some noise, come on. our next speaker, but we just say this, you can tweet up on the board. uchitel me something. hanging in there, read you. hanging in there. some of you all, all of you, i love you all. ithank you. really do.
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some of you drove on a bus for two days straight. if yo drove on a bus for more than 12 hours make some noise. oh, my goodness. if you drove more than eight hours make some noise. if you drove more than four hours, make some noise. if you drove more than two hours, make some noises. this next section is for [cheers and applause] you. >> c'mon, c'mon, c'mon. fight the power. fight the power. fight the power. -- fight the power, fight to the
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power, fight the power. fight to the power. god bless you, thank you so much. you all are so beautiful. the lake creek nation, northeast alberta, also an educator for the sierra club. give it up here. >> hello. i come to you from the beaver lakes free nation, located in northern alberta, canada.
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first and foremost, i want to say thank you to the indian nation of the potomac river, now known as washington, d.c. i stand here today with my brothers and sisters in solidarity, which includes you as well. [applause] i stand here as a first nation woman to say that we should never have to choose between our moral obligations, our indigenous ways of knowing and being who we are as keepers of the land. we should never have to choose between them. i am here because i have an obligation to our children, my ancestors, and our one true mother. [applause]
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if this pipeline goes through, it will be at the cost of human life, their life, water life. i come from thethis pipeline will ultimately source on wherefurther developed and already destroyed land -- develop an already destroyed the land. england and switzerland, in 20 years the sahara desert in northern alberta. what was once the pristine northern forest. if this pipeline goes through tell your government will further assist in the raping and pillaging of the lands of my ancestors. ignoring the basic human rights to clean air and water and our inherited constitutionally protected rights.
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i am bound by natural law and there is nothing natural about a people dying from cancer. fish with cancers on them. moose with pus bubbles underneath the skin. babies being airlifted to the hospital for drinking contaminated water. that is the truth. communities like my sisters, located in one of the three tar sands deposits. they experienced a massive oil spill, bigger than the kalamazoo in michigan. this is what our future looks like. the law is being broken every single day as more and more industries to break into my nation's traditional hunting territory. today over 19,000 permits are
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granted from our government, profits pushing through expansion. ultimately the size of florida when they are done. then they will promise to give us back what was never there is in the first place. [applause] do not be fooled by their ideology of what reclamation is. reclamation is me standing here with the 99%. proclaiming who we are, who i am as the first nation people of we are here today to say that we turtle island. never went anywhere, nor do we plan to. i am here to share with you what true and honest leaders think when disaster strikes. it will not know race, color, or creed.
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i am here to tell you that when that happens, the greed is going to show us that we cannot eat money and we cannot drink oil. [cheers and applause] we all believe the same color. -- bleed the same color. i sat here far away from home and my children to tell you that there have been hostages taken in the game that they play of environmental roulette. calcifying themselves with money. we have an obligation to our one true mother. we take care of her, she will take care of us. providing and nurturing, an economy that is not stable? she will fight back. we cannot ignore our mother along these pipeline routes. we must wake up. in solidarity, my relations.
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i am grateful to each and every one of you because you give me the strength to keep on keeping on. fighting a good fight. [cheers and applause] i ask you all to stay around the the end of the march as an action of solidarity and friendship. we will link hands standing sideways and eventually moved into a unified circle. want to hear more? come on down on a case -- come on down to case streak at 7:00 p.m. with that, i would like to introduce you toelder of oklahoma. [inaudible] >> i am a member of the nation of oklahoma.
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the name of my captors is casey, so i give you my colonized name as well. i see you might read relatives, my black relatives, my white relatives, like yellow relatives out there. i see you my fellow relatives, grand relatives, water relatives. [applause] you could be anywhere. you could be doing anything. instead you chose this day to be here. you chose this day to stand in solidarity, to stand in solidarity with the human race, because we know that our mother
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earth with a shrug of her shoulder could shake us off. with nearly a talk to her thunder nation, she could watch us away. but instead she nurtures us. instead she gives us strength. instead she feeds us the power to come together. we are allies with the greatest powers that are. we are off -- we are allies with the father-son, the mother earth, allies with the relatives of the moon and the stars. my relatives, you are with us. [applause] my relatives, this is the beginning of the change. [cheers and applause] my relatives, what you do today makes the difference. i thank you and i love you.
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[cheers and applause] ♪>> the relative from louisiana. people fighting this -- people fighting the pipeline on the southern leg. here for the people of port arthur, lawndale, here for them put your hand in the air for them. for freedom, for comfort, for you. >> everybody, make some noise, you all. [cheers and applause]
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>> are you all ready to march? [cheers and applause] are you all ready to march? [cheers and applause] >> up front, are you ready to march? [cheers and applause] in the back, are you ready to march? [cheers and applause] get me some hip-hop on the mike skills. first i want to give a shout out. michaels daughters could be the youngest protester out here. four months old, give it up. [cheers and applause]
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out here making it happen. i hope that when she turns 50 this planet stillyou all with that? exists. you all with that? beautiful. they use so much. thank you. the black side will form a pipeline. there are over 40,000 of you out here right now. if you hold it up, hold the black side towards the sky. there it is, all the way around. there in black. that represents dirty energy. not a good look at all. turn it over to the white
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side. that looks fantastic. look at that, look at that, look at that. that is amazing. ok, ok. you got it, you got it. that is the game plan. i will have michael step in real quick. first of all, it trying to be here with my good friends at the sierra club and 350, but also the other organizations who are part of this. make some noise for the others who are a part of this right now. thank you. thank you. this is for you. 20 seconds, are you ready to march? [cheers and applause] are you ready to march? [cheers and applause] 35 a, ready to march?
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[cheers and applause] here we go, here we go. ♪ >> yeah! ♪ >> come on, getting warmed up! come on!
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>> the whole world is watching. ladies and gentleman, the whole world. wave those hands, wave those hands. ♪>> they said -- they said that 10,000 people could not come together in february, and they were wrong. they said that there was no way that 20,000 of us could come together in the middle of winter. they were wrong.
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they said that 30,000 of us could not come together when it was so cold, and they were wrong. [cheers and applause] we are 35,000 strong. 35,000 strong. this might surprise you. president obama, when he signs the object -- the executive order rejecting the tar sands pipeline. he will not only honor the presence of all of you and the millions of people you represent from the ranchers of texas to the farmers of nebraska to the people many thecoal fields of appalachia fighting the cold industry.
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to the people on the front line fighting the fracking industry in new york, in colorado, michigan, ohio, west virginia. once again, i said michigan twice. when president obama signs that executive order, not only will he be on the right side of history, but on the winning side. [cheers and applause] now, i know that sometimes it does not feel like we are winning. i know that we all watch the news and read the papers and we see what is happening because of climate change to our communities, countries all around the world. and it is terrifying. i know that there are a lot of us out here who are parents,
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grandparents -- i see a lot of beautiful babies. i know that it is terrifying to think about what the world will look like when those kids grow up. i feel that myself. eight years ago my wife, mary, brought our little girl into the world. our little angel, she is here today. the cutie with the white hat. eight years ago we were in a darkened screening room, watching vice-president al gore giving one of his in convenient truth speeches. i remember us sitting there, we had just brought this beautiful little angel in to the world and we were terrorized about what climate disruption would do to the world. we were holding each other's hands, squeezing each other's hands, we were terrified. let's think about what has happened over the last few years. wildfires destroying thousands of homes across the west.
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super storm sandy, a 1,000 mile diameter hurricane at the end of october, slamming into the eastern seaboard. hitting the jersey shore where i grew up. destroying the house that my mother lived in, that i grew up in. despite this, despite what we are seeing, i am optimistic. i believe we will prevail. i want to tell you why. 10 years ago or so, president george w. bush and dick cheney -- [booing] they propose a plan to build 200 coal-fired power plants across the country. it was a gift wrapped present to their fossil fuel bodies. what they did not count on was that that -- was that one of
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those plants, sierra club activists and other volunteers got together, they had never challenged a coal plant before. they pulled the permit application, they taught themselves about the issue, they organize their friends and they shut that plant down. [cheers and applause] citizens from all around the country went toe-to-toe with florida, kentucky, new the industry inmexico. together we have built a coalition of hundreds of organizations with thousands of people, and we are winning. we have defeated coal plants in florida, shutting down 230 of the plants on the south side of the chicago. we shut down the coal plant just across the river on the potomac. i am standing here today saying
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that together, as a movement, we have defeated and we have shut down more than 300 proposed and existing coal fired power plants across the country. [cheers and applause] so, remember that the next time that someone tells you that climate change is inevitable. remember that the next time someone tells you that our movement is not strong and we are not growing. what is happening right now -- what is happening is the fossil fuel barons, their lawyers and spin doctors, their lobbyists are losing their grip on the psyche of the country. the spell has been broken, the spell has been broken. our clean energy future is not just in the future, it is happening right now.
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there are facts about clean energy that they do not want to to hear. the wind industry has doubled in the last four years. the solar industry has grown by a factor of five. iowa now gets 20% of their power from wind. texas is the number one wind in solar. colorado will soon be at 30%. by the time that my kids are out of high school, by the time that our three little children are out of high school, 50% of the power in this country will come from solar and wind. and we will never look back. [applause] so, what do you need to know?
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the spell has been broken. the spell has been broken. the last thing i want to say is about president obama. mr. president, we have heard what you said on climate. we have loved a lot of what you said, but mr. president, our question is -- what will you do? [applause] mr. president, what will you do when the tap water catches on fire because of fracking? what will you do when the arctic melts? what will your do when the rain forest dries up? mr. president, what will you do about the keystone xl pipeline? [applause] that is right, you hold the executive power of hope in your hand.
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write down these words -- i hold -- i reject the keystone pipeline. [applause] mr. president, join us. we will not be stopped. we are strong, we are powerful, we are building a clean energy future in our time. are we on the right side of history? are we on the winning side of history? [cheers and applause] [cheers and applause] are we on the winning side of history? do we want president obama to [cheers and applause] join us? [cheers and applause] do we want obama to lead us? [cheers and applause] will we fight? will we give up? will we win? will we win? are you ready to march? to the white house? [yes] [applause] well, then let's go.
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[cheers and applause] ♪>> start marching right now. when you come back, we have a surprise for you. we have a concert for you. you ready to march? you ready to march? >> let's go, let's go. ♪
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